Wood, 20 x 18 cm

This headrest was used by its owner to preserve his or her elaborate hairstyle during sleep. Hairstyles, which can take hours to create, are not simply for beautification, but serve as the visual representation of their wearer’s social status, age, rank, and gender. Personal objects, headrests support the head by cradling it along the jawline, elevating it from the ground. While some regions of central and southern Africa associate headrests with dreaming and divination, they are purely practical in eastern African.

Price:  €  175,=